The Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts 2018 goes to the French architect Yona Friedman. The award, with a substantial prize-money of 55,000 euros, is presented alternately by the Republic of Austria and the City of Vienna every two years “for outstanding achievements in the field of architecture and the arts that conform to Frederick Kiesler’s experimental, innovative conceptions and his theory of correlated arts.” (Statutes of the Frederick Kiesler Prize)
The international jury of the Frederick Kiesler Prize 2018 pays tribute to Yona Friedman as a “titan amongst architects, who is hugely respected by the established figures of the profession as well as those practitioners who are at the beginning of their careers. Throughout his working life of over six decades he has been uncompromising in rigor and visionary in his thinking. He has been enormously influential as a ‘feasible utopian’ architect, urban theorist, designer and teacher.
Friedman’s concepts for architecture are closely linked to the dynamics of social structures and to the changing necessities of the users therein. These topics which he emphasized from the beginning of his work gained even more importance in the present days with its actual developments of migration and a kind of new nomadism. It is also due to his own biography as a migrant that his ideas and his engagement for a deeply human architecture and society are based on existential experience and thus qualifies his work a political one too.” (Decision of the Jury, extract)
The Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts 2018 will be presented by Gernot Blümel, Federal Minister within the Federal Chancellery for the EU, Arts, Culture and Media.
Welcome: Angelika Fitz, Director of the Architekturzentrum Wien
Laudatio: Hani Rashid, President of the Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation, Vienna
Prize-giving ceremony: Gernot Blümel, Federal Minister for the EU, Arts, Culture and Media
Lecture of the Laureate: Yona Friedman
Closing words: Peter Bogner, Director of the Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation, Vienna